Legendary actor Kirk Douglas has died aged 103.
With a six decade plus career, the prolific stage and screen actor was known for a range of roles, from iconic turns in “Spartacus” and “Paths of Glory,” to “Champion,” “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” “The Vikings,” “Lonely Are the Brave” and “Lust for Life”.
He helped end the Hollywood blacklist, defying the ban on working with filmmakers with alleged communist ties or sympathies.
Douglas was nominated for an Oscar three times and eventually won the honorary award in 1996 in recognition of his 50 years in the industry. He was also the father of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas who said in a statement:
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today. To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies… but to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad. Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad – I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”